Last night a story blitzed many of the film geek sites - Darren Aronofsky was going to turn his unused concept for a Batman movie into a comic book! - but sadly it was simply not true. The story came from an interview Aronofsky did with Clothes on Film, and it came from a pretty fundamental reading error. Here’s the quote that started the brouhaha:
CoF: Speaking of which, you’ve worked in the comic-book medium before, with your adaptation of The Fountain (2006), and the tie-in book to Pi. Do you ever feel like realising your vision of something like the Batman story that you were working on as a comic book?
DA: Well, we’re actually doing one. It hasn’t really been announced, I don’t know if I should give you the scoop! But we’re getting there. We’re doing a comic book of a script that’s really hard to make and we’re going to do a comic version first and see what happens…
You’ll notice that Aronofsky is NOT talking about Batman. A quick read might lead to some confusion because of the way Aronofsky answers the question - ‘Well, we’re actually doing one.’ - but he’s talking about a completely different script, which is obvious from the last sentence of that quote.
What’s the script? Aronofsky has been attached to a lot of things, but the comic book won’t be something for an established property. It won’t be for Machine Man or The Tiger,which are both based on books, and it won’t be for his proposed Jackie O movie, which simply isn’t comic booky. Slashfilm is guessing it’s going to be for his epic about Noah (of The Flood fame), which seems like as good a guess as any. Aronofsky has been tinkering with a Noah film for decades now.
I would dismiss this if Aronofsky hadn’t gone exactly this route when he couldn’t get The Fountain made. We’ll see what comes of it.